What was Jim Brown's record vs. Green Bay Packers?
By Jerry Tapp
Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown passed away on May 19 at the age of 87.
Brown was an eight-time All-Pro and multiple-league MVP selection. He played in the NFL from 1957 to 1965 and led the NFL in rushing in eight of his nine seasons. He is commonly referred to as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. In fact, in 2002, The Sporting News named Jim Brown the greatest professional football player ever.
Brown made three appearances against the Green Bay Packers, twice in the regular season (1961 and 1964) and once in the playoffs (1965). Brown's Cleveland Browns were 0-3 against the Packers in those three games.
Here's a snapshot look at the three games Jim Brown and the Cleveland Browns played against the Green Bay Packers.
October 15, 1961: The Packers defeated the Browns 49-17. Packers running back Jim Taylor had four touchdowns in the game, which was played at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Taylor rushed for 158 yards on 21 carries. Jim Brown had 16 rushing attempts for 72 yards, the longest a 10-yard run. He also caught two passes for 11 yards.
November 22, 1964: Green Bay hosted the Browns at Lambeau Field and won 28-21. The Browns held at 14-7 lead at halftime, but Green Bay scored three straight TDs (two by Taylor and one by Bart Starr) to take a 28-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Jim Brown rushed for 74 yards on 20 attempts in the contest. The Browns had four turnovers in the game.
January 2, 1966: In the 1965 NFL Championship Game played in Green Bay, the Packers defeated the Browns 23-12. Green Bay had a slight 13-12 lead at halftime but held the Browns scoreless in the second half and extended their lead with a Paul Hornung TD run and a Don Chandler field goal. Hornung rushed for 105 yards in the contest and Taylor added 96 yards rushing. Jim Brown had 12 rushing attempts for 50 yards.
That NFL Championship Game in Green Bay was Jim Brown's last game. It was also the last title contest held before the start of the Super Bowl era.
In those three games against the Packers, Brown had 196 rushing yards on 48 attempts, a 4.1 yards per carry average. He had only one TD versus Green Bay in his career.